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12 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Masterpiece’

A certain kind of person gets really excited about a book like Rebecca Eaton’s memoir Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBSand I am one of those people. Eaton has been in charge of the series, which premiered on PBS in January of 1971, for almost 30 years now, a period that has seen Masterpiece winning awards, acclaim, and admiration from generations of fans who love a good costume drama. … Read More

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Watch an Adorable Animated Interview with Maurice Sendak on What it’s Like to be a Kid

On the occasion of what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday, PBS Digital Studios has released their latest installment… Read More

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Video of the Day: ‘Reading Rainbow’ Remixed

We’ve already professed our overwhelming love for LeVar Burton to you guys before, so you can only imagine how excited we were to see that the Reading Rainbow host is the latest PBS personality to get the “Icons Remixed” treatment courtesy of John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep). Click through to watch the fantastic video, and let us know how you think it compares to the previous installments of the series. Personally, we wish that he’d found a way to work in the original theme song. Sure the lyrics were a bit nonsensical (“Butterfly in the sky / I can go twice as high / Take a look / It’s in a book / A Reading Rainbow”), but that tune still gets stuck in our head for days. … Read More

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‘Adventure Time’: The Animated Kids Show You Should Be Watching

If you haven’t gotten into Adventure Time, the animated kid’s series on Cartoon Network, now’s the time; the fifth season debuted earlier this month, and the first episode is available on iTunes. Why would you watch a show created for children, you might ask? We’ve fallen in love with Finn the Human and his shape-shifting pal, Jake, who share a tree house in the magical land of Ooo. That’s not to mention the cast of supporting characters who are more often than not made out of something edible. There are stretchable rainbow unicorns, lemony Frankenstein monsters, and Lumpy Space Princesses who are so ready for boys named Brad. So ready. The storylines are just as varied and unexpected as the characters, but if that doesn’t convince you, here are five more reasons you should be watching. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we discovered a shocking new use for kale: marriage divination. We thought these edible donut shots looked absolutely delicious. We watched poor Sky Ferreira get dumped from a truck in her new video for “Sad Dream.” We found this gorgeous timelapse video of the… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we remembered 11 douchebag writers in movies. We enjoyed Pete Souza’s portrait of a Presidency. We explored modern native art and culture, and listened to Powwow-Step. We watched a documentary about fan films. We discovered an exhibition that tackles Asian stereotypes in comics. We got… Read More

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New ‘Downton Abbey’ Season Three Trailer and Stills

Last month we shared a trailer with you for Season 3 of Downton Abbey (they’ve since torn it off the web), which makes its UK premiere this month. Sadly, those of us stateside have to wait until January, but PBS has given us with a new peek at the British period drama. You’ll recognize a few repeat moments, including a bickering session between Shirley MacLaine and the Dowager Countess, as well as a bankrupt revelation. There are a few new teasers, including Matt Milne’s towering footman Alfred, O’Brien’s nephew. See what else is in store past the break where we’ve included the trailer and a teaser clip for you completists out there. Head to E! for some brand new stills that show everyone getting their roaring ’20s on. … Read More

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Is William Gibson a Modern Day Oracle?

In the latest episode of PBS Digital Studios’ weekly web series Idea Channel, host Mike Rugnetta wonders: could William Gibson — and other sci-fi writers like him — be considered the modern equivalents of Nostradamus? Sure, science fiction writers don’t (generally) claim to have supernatural abilities to see into the future, but they do tend to predict it, and sometimes chillingly well. As this video points out, Gibson predicted the internet, Miku Hatsune and the popularity of reality TV, among a host of other things, with a great deal more accuracy than any so-called oracle. Click through to watch PBS’s highly educational — and highly entertaining — video about Gibson, technology, and the saying of the sooth, and let us know which sci-fi author you consider your own personal oracle (or whether you’re still banking on the Mayans) in the comments. … Read More

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